A Review of the Best VPNs for Gaming

Using a VPN while playing games online is one of the best ways to prevent DDoS attacks and other disruptions. But with so many VPN companies out there, what are the best VPNs for gaming? Here’s a guide. Why Use a VPN for Gaming? If you use a VPN to circumvent censorship or provide privacy, it may not be obvious …

Pros and Cons of Tor, VPNs, Proxies and More

Tor, VPNs, Web proxies and other strategies for circumventing censorship all come with pros and cons. Here’s a list of the advantages and disadvantages of various methods for accessing blocked websites. Tor Pros: Free of cost. Difficult for censorship authorities to block. Relatively easy to install if using the Tor browser. Cons: Usually only works for Web browser, not other …

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The Best VPN For The UK For 2016

As you may know, British travellers and expats are blocked from connecting to services on Netflix, BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV on Demand and so on. These UK websites prevent visitors outside the UK from viewing British content. However, VPN services with servers in the UK allow you to bypass location-based IP blocking and access British websites securely from anywhere in …

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How To Get Better VPN Speeds and Performance

Using a VPN to increase your privacy or access blocked websites doesn’t have to come at the cost of a fast Internet connection. Here’s how to get the best speeds when using a VPN. It goes without saying that the best way to get good VPN speed is to pick a provider with solid service. But even with a great …

A Review Of NordVPN

NordVPN is an easy-to-use VPN service that provides several advanced features. These include anti-DNS leaking, Tor over VPN, “double encryption” and auto-shutdown of your Internet connection if the VPN connection breaks.

Which VPN Protocol Should You Use? PPTP vs. OpenVPN vs. IPsec

All VPNs encrypt traffic, but the underlying encryption schemes are not always the same. There are three main types of encryption and data transfer protocols that VPNs can use: PPTP, OpenVPN and IPsec. Many VPN services let you choose which protocol to use. Read on for an overview of each option. PPTP PPTP is one of the oldest forms of …

How To: Check That Your VPN is Working

How do you make sure your VPN is actually running — and not leaking data — after you log in? Here are quick and simple steps for checking. Most people probably assume that their VPN “just works” once they launch it. But in certain cases, it may not be. Just because the client program that your VPN provider gives you …

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A Review Of Perfect Privacy VPN

Perfect Privacy offers a feature-rich, reliable VPN for those who need privacy — albeit at a somewhat higher price than many of its competitors. While it lacks solid support for platforms other than Windows and Ubuntu Linux, it offers many advanced features, as well as solid performance, on the platforms where it does work.

An Overview of Disconnect Ad Blocking, VPN and Anti-Censorship Tools

Disconnect is a suite of privacy tools that aims to make online privacy the “default” by providing ad blocking, VPN anti-censorship functionality and more. Is it equal to or greater than the sum of its parts? Read on for an overview. Disconnect originated as a Chrome extension called Facebook Disconnect. That tool blocked third-party connections to users’ Facebook pages in …

ZenMate Integrates VPN Privacy into Your Browser, But Has Limitations

Looking for a VPN service that integrates directly into your Web browser, rather than requiring a separate download?  ZenMate offers that solution. Read on for an overview of this online privacy platform, including its cost, pros and cons. Named “startup of the year” in 2014, ZenMate is a VPN service run by a company based in Germany. It is priced …

A Review of the XOnet “Plug-and-Play” Personal VPN Server

What if you could bring your entire firewall-protected home network with you wherever you go? With the XOnet personal VPN router from x.o.ware, you can. Here’s a look at how it works. The XOnet personal VPN server involves two pieces of hardware. One is the XOnet itself, which you plug into your home network using an ethernet cable. The second …

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Review of Privatoria’s VPN Service

With prices starting as low as $1.90 per month, Privatoria offers one of the least expensive commercial VPN services for people who want to browse anonymously or circumvent online censorship. Here’s a look at its features, installation process and bandwidth speeds. Privatoria’s main features include: Servers spread across twenty-one countries, including the United States. That makes it a strong platform …

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How to Ensure All Your Traffic Goes through a VPN on Linux

Is your VPN protecting all of your online activity? Depending on how the software is configured, it may not be. But if you’re using Linux, it’s easy enough to force the VPN to encrypt all of your traffic. Here’s how. Some VPN servers and clients are configured by default to route only certain traffic through the VPN server. That’s often …

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Using A VPN Router From FlashRouters

FlashRouters provides routers that come with a VPN pre-installed and pre-configured. This is the most convenient way to acquire a router that is correctly optimized for a VPN.

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How Use Smart DNS To Unblock Video Streaming Services

SmartDNS is a service that unblocks streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and any websites that are blocked based on your location. If you don’t need to hide your IP or need to encrypt your internet connections, you may want to use a SmartDNS service instead of a VPN.

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A Guide To Being Private Online

The services below will increase your security and reduce your surveillance by governments and advertisers. Here are my tips for maintaining on-line privacy: Use A Search Engine That Doesn’t Track You Many popular search engines like Google and Bing save your search history. Typically, your searches are saved along with some information about your computer (e.g. your IP address, User …

China Implements New Blocks On Google and Other Websites

China has been busy this month, blocking many important websites, including all of Google’s services. The New York Times reports: As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business. …

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The Best VPNs To Use In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has very strong internet filtering and blocking. However, it is possible to bypass these blocks with a VPN or “virtual private network”. This is a service that encrypts and redirects all your internet connections.